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Nidahas Trophy: Indian Squad Analysis

Today, BCCI announced the Indian Squad for the upcoming T20I Tri-Series against hosts Srilanka and Bangladesh, starting from 6th March. The Squad has as many as six changes, the Indian Board has decided to rest Captain Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep, B.Kumar, Bumrah on back of a long and hectic South Africa Tour. While former Captain Dhoni himself requested for the rest from Selectors and the Board. The T20I trophy is going to happen in honour of Srilanka’s 70th Independence Day. The trophy with the same name was held back in 1998 when Srilanka completed 50 years of Independence but then it was a 50 over trophy and New Zealand was the third team along India and hosts Srilanka.

Rohit has been named Captain in absence of Virat and Shikhar has been promoted to Vice-Captain for the series. The likes of Raina, Shardul, Manish Pandey, Unadkat, Karthik retained their position in the team the 6 changes include some of the best players in domestic circuit. Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar have been included in the squad on back of a good performance in domestic circuit and their hard-hitting capabilities, both players provide India with a extra option of bowling and batting respectively.

Talking further despite not so good performance in International Arena so far Mohammed Siraj has been included to strengthen the bowling and will be used as a back up for Unadkat and Shardul. Rishabh Pant has made his way in the team on back of blistering 38 ball 116 against Himachal Pradesh in Zonal T20 and will serve as a back up keeper to Dinesh Karthik. Also, Vijay Shankar the under-rated Tamil Nadu All-Rounder has been included in the squad for the first time and his ability to hit hard with the bat and bowl good line, lengths are seen as a good replacemnet for failing Hardik Pandya. So, Overall the team looks well balanced and well structured for a entertaining series.

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